Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

June 24, 2008 04:31 ET

Calling Notice: Bucks Fire Crews and Families to Protest at Fire Authority Meeting Over Proposed Shift Changes

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) -

Attn: Buckinghamshire Newsdesks and Planning Desks

Time: 10 am, Thursday 26 June.

Venue: The Fire Authority Executive Meeting, Bucks County Council Sports and Social Club, Stoke Mandeville, HP21 9DR Local fire crews and their families will be available for interview.

Expect: a colourful, noisy and very well behaved protest involving local fire crews and their families, including children. A representative group of around 75 to 100 is expected from fire stations across the County.

Fire crews from across Bucks will be joined by their families to protest against proposed shift changes they say will damage family life. The proposed changes would see their day shifts extended from 9 hours to 12 hours alongside an earlier start time of 7.30am and a later finish time of 7.30pm.

Fire crews say these changes will cause havoc with childcare, undermine their family life and make a mockery of management claims of being a family friendly employer.

Ricky Matthews, Buckinghamshire FBU brigade secretary said: "It's important that councillors understand the strength of feeling about these proposals. Extending our already long working day by 3 hours, and changing start and finish times will cause havoc with childcare.

"The new start and finish times would mean waking our children up at 6am and relying on informal ways of ensuring they are looked after until school starts. They would then need to be picked up at the end of the working day, most likely after 8pm, relying on a mix of childcare arrangements.

"It will not only extend our working day but it will extend the day for our children, cause inconvenience and stress to other family members and extra costs for childcare. It will cause particular problems for women when we are trying to recruit and keep them in the fire service."

Those fire crews who work shifts do so in 48 hour blocks of two 9 hour day shifts (9am to 6pm) followed by two 15 hour night shifts (6pm to 9am). The proposals would introduce 12 hours day working and 12 hours night working and would not mean an increase in hours worked but how they are worked.

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    Ricky Matthews
    FBU brigade secretary and a firefighter at Great Holm Fire
    07917 065863
    Fire Brigades Union
    Makyla Greaves
    FBU rep and a Fire Control officer in Aylesbury
    Fire Brigades Union
    Gordon Richardson
    FBU rep and a crew manager at High Wycombe Fire Station
    Fire Brigades Union
    Bob Ogle
    FBU rep and firefighter at Buckingham fire station
    07912 348485
    Fire Brigades Union
    Kate Ellis
    FBU Women's rep and firefighter working retained duty
    07917 065866